2013 Volkswagen Golf Estate
- Largest and most practical Golf yet
- Three trim levels; four petrol engines and three diesels
- On sale now; priced start at £17,915
The 2013 VW Golf Estate is the largest of its kind so far, with 100 litres more boot space than the outgoing model.
It goes on sale with a choice of three trim levels – S, SE and GT – and there are seven engines to choose from.
There are four petrol engines – an 84bhp 1.2-litre, a 104bhp 1.2-litre, a 120bhp 1.4-litre and a 138bhp 1.4-litre ACT with cylinder deactivation.
The diesel choice is between an 89bhp 1.6-litre, a 104bhp 1.6-litre and a 148bhp 2.0-litre. A 109bhp 1.6-litre diesel Bluemotion version will join the range later in 2013.
What’s the 2013 Volkswagen Golf Estate like inside?
The 2013 Golf Estate has almost as big a boot as the class-leading Skoda Octavia Estate. There’s 605 litres of space with the rear seats in place, and the loadbay is a usefully square shape.
The flat entry lip makes it easy when loading heavy items, and the standard height-adjustable floor allows you to divide the space in two, and means there's no step in the floor when the rear seats are folded down.
Folding the rear seats is done by pulling a pair of handles in the boot, and the seatbacks are sprung-loaded so they drop in one easy movement to boost overall space to 1620 litres.
A folding front seat is also available as a £110 option, making it possible to carry seriously long items.
The rest of the car is much the same as the hatchback version, so there's room for two six-foot adults in the back with a decent amount of head and shoulder room.
Drivers of all shapes and sizes should be able to get comfortable; there's plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel, while all-round visibility is also good.
The dashboard is angled towards the driver and is easy to use, thanks to the chunky and clearly labelled rotary controls. There are plenty of soft touch, high-quality materials throughout the cabin as well.
What's the 2013 Volkswagen Golf Estate like to drive?
Despite the extra carrying capacity, the Golf Estate drives much like the hatchback version. This means you get the same well-weighted steering, good body control and wonderfully smooth ride.
We tried the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel. This engine is strong and flexible, pulling strongly from low revs and transmitting very little vibration through to the driver’s feet.
There's also very little in the way of engine or suspension noise, although there is some wind noise at higher speeds– mostly from around the door mirrors.
It's worth noting that versions of the Golf Estate with less than 120bhp (the 1.2 TSI and 1.6 TDI) get a more basic suspension setup, which – in the hatchback at least – doesn't do quite such a brilliant job of soaking up small road surface imperfections.
Should I buy one?
The 2013 Golf Estate is much better than any of its predecessors. Its boot is now only a fraction smaller than the class-leading Skoda Octavia's, and is well-shaped and easy to use thanks to the flat entry lip and handy seat-folding handles on the sides of the loadbay.
The only downside is the price. The equivalent Skoda Octavia is around £1500 cheaper, despite being slightly bigger and almost as classy inside. In our eyes, that’s enough to give the Skoda the edge.
What Car? says…
Ford Focus Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Price from £22,990
Torque 236lb ft
Top speed 135mph
Fuel economy 67.5mpg
CO2 g/km 108g/km
By Tom Webster
Used cars for sale
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